How to tie a hook

Welcome to our guide to tying a hook.
This is one skill that you will want to quickly master, your choice of knot will depend on your personal preference.

In this section we will take you through, with the aid of photos, the steps to tie two different very dependable fishing knots.

How to tie the 5-turn half blood fishing knot.

It is often called the "clinch knot" and is one of the easiest of the different fishing knots to tie a hook or swivel to monofilament fishing line. Click on the photos to enlarge.
clinch knot 1
clinch knot 2
First pass the fishing line through the eye of the hook, from the rear of the eye, as shown in fig 1.1

Next, place your finger in the line and hold the end between your thumb and index finger to form a loop.

clinch knot 3
clinch knot 4
Now begin to wrap the line around itself, keeping your finger in the loop you created, as shown in fig 1.3.

Repeat until you have wrapped the line 5 times around itself (fig 1.4).

clinch knot 5
clinch knot 6
Next pass the end of the line through the loop you created (fig 1.5)

Then, wet the line with a bit of saliva and pull gently on the loose end.

clinch knot 7
clinch knot 8
Pull the end until the knot tightens firmly against the eye of the hook.

Finally, trim the excess line as close to the eye of the hook as possible, leaving about 1mm of line (fig 1.8).


How to tie the palomar fishing knot.

This is a very strong knot which is very easy to tie. It is one of the strongest knots and can be used for swivels as well as hooks. It is the knot of choice when fishing for big specimen fish. Once mastered it can be tied quickly and even in the dark! Click on the photos to enlarge.
palomar knot 1
palomar knot 2
First, form a loop with the end of your line leaving an excess of about 40mm, as shown in fig 2.1.

Next, pass the loop through the eye from the front of the hook (fig 2.2).

palomar knot 3
palomar knot 4
Now form a loop with the line and sustain it by holding the line between your fingers, see fig 2.3.

Next, pass the end through the loop you just created (fig 2.4).

palomar knot 5
palomar knot 6
Secure the end loop with your other hand (fig 2.5).

Now pass the back end of the fishing hook through the loop, see fig 2.6.

palomar knot 7
palomar knot 8
Wet the line with some saliva and pull it until the knot tightens firmly and neatly against the eye of the hook.

Finally, trim the excess off the loose end of the line.


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